Jason Gillespie not interested in coaching Australia after Justin Langer exit
Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie on Tuesday said that he is not interested in coaching Australia Men’s Team after Justin Langer exit.
Cricket Australia on Saturday accepted men’s team head coach Justin Langer’s resignation.
“Justin offered a short-term extension to his current contract, which sadly he opted not to accept,” stated an official Cricket Australia release.
“I am not putting myself up for any jobs, fully committed to South Australian cricket. I’ve got a lot of work to do here and I’m absolutely loving it,” cricket.com.au quoted Gillespie as saying.
When Darren Lehmann stepped down as coach in the wake of the 2018 ball-tampering scandal. Gillespie’s name floated as a potential replacement.
“It’s nice to thought of in that way, but it’s not something I’m entertaining. I’ve got the greatest job in the world here at South Australia. And I’ve got two wonderful roles (also with Strikers), so I’m fully committed and fully focused on those,” said Gillespie.
“We feel we’re building something here in South Australia, and I’m excited to play some small part in that,” he added.
Talking about Langer’s resignation, Gillespie said:
“I think everyone’s pretty disappointed at how it’s all played out. Therefore, it’s pretty heartbreaking to see to be honest. Justin’s handled himself very well… But I think everyone is of the opinion things probably could have handled a bit better.”
“We don’t know what gone on behind closed doors, whether (current) players have reached out to Justin. All I know is, in my opinion. However, I think he done a great job for Australian cricket over the last number of years,” he added.
Langer appointed as the men’s team coach in 2018.
Moreover, Langer stated in his resignation letter that he is satisfied with his decision. And that the speculation regarding his tenure as coach had taken a toll on his family.